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DCF Addresses Development Financing, Policy Instruments for 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement[viewed]

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change will require “an unprecedented multilateral cooperation,” underlined participants at the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) fifth biennial high-level meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). During the two-day meeting, representatives from governments, UN agencies, and civil society discussed the role of various types of development financing and related policy changes necessary for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and other international agreements signed in 2015.

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UNGA President Invites Nominations of Co-Chairs for Round Tables on Migrants, Refugees[viewed]

In a letter circulated on 21 July 2016, Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), invited the Chairs of the Regional Groups of UN Member States to nominate two co-chairs for each of the six round tables of the forthcoming UNGA High-level Meeting (HLM) on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, which is scheduled to take place on 19 September 2016, in New York, US. The deadline for the nominations is 8 August 2016.

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Inter-Parliamentary Union, UN to Strengthen Collaboration[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed a cooperative agreement with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) that will strengthen the collaboration between the two organizations in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change. During a press encounter, Ban said Parliament Members represent the “wishes and views and aspirations” of people, which are reflected in the ‘5-Ps' — people, planet, peace, prosperity and partnership.

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DESA Summarizes Countries' Institutional Arrangements for 2030 Agenda[viewed]

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has issued the zero draft of a policy brief that provides an overview of institutional arrangements for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the national level. The authors consider the executive summaries submitted by the 22 UN Member States that participated in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and invite feedback from countries and other stakeholders.

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Governments, Businesses Discuss Private Sector Incentives, Role in SDGs Implementation[viewed]

Representatives of governments, the business sector, UN agencies, international organizations, and civil society groups discussed the role that business will play in delivering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, during the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Business Forum. The event was organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), and the UN Global Compact in collaboration with the Global Business Alliance (GBA) for 2030.

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Special Event Showcases Partnerships for Data, People, Planet[viewed]

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP) organized the first Partnership Exchange, as a special event on the occasion of the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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ECOSOC Calls for Gender Mainstreaming in UN System[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution on ‘Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective into All Policies and Programmes in the UN System' (E/RES/2016/2), which calls upon the UN system, including its agencies, funds and programmes, to accelerate the full and effective mainstreaming of a gender perspective, commensurate with the gender-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The resolution requests the UN Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of the resolution at ECOSOC's 2017 session.

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UNGA Endorses Political Declaration on IPoA[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) endorsed the political declaration of the midterm review conference, held in May 2016, on implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the least developed countries (LDCs) for 2011-2020(IPoA). The High-Level Midterm Review Conference focused on the LDCs and their progress over the past five years, and on finding ways to accelerate their sustainable development.

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UNCTAD to Play "Central Role" in Achieving SDGs[viewed]

Delegates agreed to give the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by adopting a framework that will guide UNCTAD's work over the next four years, and that is primarily focused on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 14th session of UNCTAD (UNCTAD 14) resulted in a political declaration and the ‘Nairobi Consensus,' on providing technical assistance to ensure that globalization and trade benefit people in developing countries.

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UNGA Approves IOM to Join UN System[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the basis for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to join the UN system. An agreement to formalize the relationship is expected to be signed on 19 September 2016, at the UN Summit for refugees and migrants, which takes place in New York, US.

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